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Connecticut-based jewelry line protects women from skin cancer

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SOMERS–Health and safety certainly don’t have to come second to fashion!

At least that’s the thinking behind a new jewelry line made in Connecticut that detects damaging ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun.

M.Mills Co’s one mission is to help prevent skin cancer. The artisan jewelry uses something called SolarActive crystals, which help remind people to put on sunblock.

The line is designed by Mandi Gaviak, who has spent 15 years giving out anti-aging treatments to her spa clients to counteract the damage done by the sun.

“Our mission of prevention is very true to our hearts,” says Gaviak, who owns M.Mills Co. “In times of injections, surgery and treatments to ‘undo’ what could have been prevented, we hope that our collection will remind people to wear sunscreen and prevent the damage before it begins.”

meghan braceletTwo of the bracelets in the collection, the Agnes and the Meghan, were named after skin cancer survivors. All of the proceeds from the Megan bracelet will go to the Melanoma Foundation of New England in honor of Meghan Rothschild, who was diagnosed with melanoma at just 20 years old.

There are 40 pieces of jewelry in the line. Items start at $75, and can be purchased here. You can also purchase the jewelry at Kennedy and Co. located at 1277 Hartford Tpk. in Vernon, and The FitSpa on Enfield Street in Enfield.

“We wanted to create a beautiful piece of jewelry that women of all ages will wear that can be worn with a bathing suit or a work suit. The jewelry gives women a reminder that they are putting themselves at risk when they are out in the sun. So many times we have UV rays hitting our skin and we don’t even realize it,” Gaviak said.

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